Oscar Pistorius Trial: an anomaly, not the norm

Image of Oscar Pistorius leaving the high court in Pretoria, on August 8 2014

Image of Oscar Pistorius leaving the high court in Pretoria, on August 8 2014

“He is definitely getting the VIP treatment without a doubt… We hear [about] terrible legal representation, the accused end up in jail based on flimsy or non-existent evidence that isn’t sufficiently challenged in court, days upon days of remands for no reason… [It] is definitely not the situation most people face,” said Leslie.

Wits Justice Project researcher, Robyn Leslie, was quoted in a recent article looking at disparities in the South African Criminal Justice System between those with financial resources and those without financial means. As judgement on the Oscar Pistorius trial looms closer, one thing was made clear by those interviewed in the article: justice favours the privileged. To read the article as it appeared on Voice of America, click here.

 

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Disparities in prison system are apparent

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